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One Last Strike

Tony La Russa

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The team that refused to give up their manager in his final season A comeback that changed baseball After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all-that is, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike-twice. Now La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball's biggest stage. Opening up about the devastating injuries, the bullpen struggles, the crucial games, and the players who made it all possible, he reveals how the team's character shaped its accomplishments, demonstrating how this group came together in good times and in bad to become that rarest of things: a team that actually enjoyed it when the odds were against them. But this story is much more than that of a single season. As La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, explains, their season was the culmination of a lifetime spent studying the game. Laying bare his often scrutinized and frequently misunderstood approach to managing, he explains his counterintuitive belief in process over result, present moments over statistics, and team unity over individual talent. Along the way he shares the stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook-from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager. Setting the record straight on his famously intense style, he explores the vital yet overlooked role that his personal relationships with his players have contributed to

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Sowers

Length:

15h 31m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:42


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:54


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

32:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

29:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

35:20


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

22:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

26:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:03:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

38:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

49:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

56:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:24


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

35:44


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

35:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

42:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

49:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:44


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

42:11


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

43:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

23:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

26:25


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

38:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

49:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

46:26


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

00:48